Specialist High Skills Major » Construction


According to the Ontario Construction Secretariat, the construction industry is one of Ontario's largest employers.  The Construction Sector Council has created a province-by-province, trade-by-trade labour market forecast for the next nine years.  In Ontario, it is estimated that 60,000 workers will be required to replace those retiring, who will take essential technical, supervisory, and management skills with them.  Furthermore, an additional 75,000 workers will be needed to fill positions related to new construction between 2009 and 2017.

There are four categories of work in the construction industry.  Each requires the use of different equipment and workers with a variety of skills.  Depending on the career chosen, a graduate could work in any or all of these categories:

- new home building and renovation, including building, remodelling, or renovating houses and apartment buildings
- heavy industrial construction, including building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical, or power plants, refineries, and oil-sands installations
- institutional and commericial construction, including building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators, and swimming pools
- civil engineering construction, including engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sweer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges

The SHSM - Construction enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.